Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts governor at odds with lawmakers over pipeline

PIPELINES: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration approves permits for a compressor station, which some lawmakers call “reckless and irresponsible.” (Boston Globe)

ALSO:
Massachusetts lawmakers express concerns about planned natural gas pipeline upgrades near Springfield. (Greenfield Recorder)
Members of the Seneca Nation joined environmental groups in protesting a proposed natural gas pipeline in New York over the weekend. (WGRZ)

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EFFICIENCY: How a rebound in regional carbon prices has helped boost energy efficiency spending in Maine. (Energy News Network)

TRANSMISSION: Maine regulators wrap up public hearings on a proposed hydropower transmission line. (NewsCenter Maine)

WIND:
Vineyard Wind says it still wants to upgrade a Connecticut harbor even though it wasn’t selected in a recent round of state clean energy procurements. (New Haven Register)
A federal report predicts wind will be the largest source of new capacity in 2019. (UPI)

SOLAR:
Maine lawmakers seek to reverse a LePage administration policy considered hostile to solar. (PV Magazine)
Most residents spoke in favor of a proposed 131 acre Connecticut solar farm at a public hearing last week. (Journal Inquirer)
An activist group has emerged in Rhode Island to fight commercial solar projects. (Westerly Sun)

NUCLEAR:
Pennsylvania lawmakers seek to prevent any “surprise closures” of the state’s nuclear plants. (Citizens’ Voice)
The sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to a decommissioning firm is complete. (VT Digger)

TECHNOLOGY:
A public hearing last week weighed whether Delaware’s subsidies for Bloom Energy have been worth it. (Delaware Online)
Two Massachusetts clean energy startups win $693,000 in state grants. (Wicked Local)
A Massachusetts company receives a $174,000 grant to help develop a technique for recycling lithium batteries. (Worcester Business Journal)

NATURAL GAS: A Pennsylvania court last week ruled that permits for a Sunoco natural gas liquids plant were improperly issued. (WHYY)

MEDIA: Two Pennsylvania journalists discuss how to accurately cover scientific research. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

COMMENTARY:
An MIT scientist challenges Hydro-Quebec’s claims on carbon emissions. (CentralMaine.com)
A Pennsylvania labor leader urges state lawmakers to find ways to keep nuclear plants running. (Lancaster Online)

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